Religious Fundamentalism

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Against Fundamentalism and Imperialism - Review: Against The Current vol. 161
Usmani, Adaner
Article
2012
A view of the inside forces in Pakistan.
American Fascists: The Christian Right and the War on America
Hedges, Chris
Book
2006
Hedges examines the Christian Right's origins, its driving motivation and its dark ideological underpinnings, with interviews and coverage of events such as pro-life rallies and weeklong classes on co...
American Taliban: How War, Sex, Sin, and Power Bind Jihadists and the Radical Right
Moulitsas, Markos
Book
2010
America's main international enemy- Islamic radicalism - favors theocracy, curtails civil liberties, embraces torture, represses women, reviles homosexuality, subverts science and education, and rever...
Apostasy, Blasphemy and Free Expression in the Age of ISIS
Namazie, Maryam
Article
2015
The right to religion comes with a corresponding right to be free from religion.
Born in Bradford
Malik, Kenan
Article
2005
Multiculturalism transformed the character of antiracism. By the mid-1980s the focus of antiracist protest in Bradford had shifted from political issues, such as policing and immigration, to religious...
Can You Pass The US Christian Right Quiz?
Rudolph, Jeffrey
Article
2012
An understanding of the Christian Right, a loose coalition of politically conservative congregations and organizations, is critical to understanding the US. This quiz seeks to explore the political in...
Chasing a Mirage: The Tragic Illusion of an Islamic State
Fatah, Tarek
Book
2008
According to Tarek Fatah, "Morality is doing what is right, regardless what we are told; Religious dogma is doing what we are told, no matter what is right." Fatah argues that since Islam's advent, th...
Chomsky.Info
Chomsky, Noam
Website
The Noam Chomsky Web site.
Chronicle of a death online: Hate campaign from Muslim fundamentalist groups from Tamil Nadu, Sri Lanka and West Asia against a Muslim woman writer
Kannan, Sundaram
Article
2015
The case of Tamil Nadu journalist who was victim of online 'rape' and 'murder', perpetuated by Muslim fundamentalists.
Connexions Library: Race, Racism, Ethnicity, Multiculturalism Focus
Website
Selected articles, books, websites and other resources on race, racism, ethnicity, multiculturalism, identity.
Connexions Library: Religion Focus
Website
Selected articles, books, websites and other resources on religion.
The Deadly Costs of Muslim Sectarianism: Sunni v. Shia
Cockburn, Patrick
Article
2011
A war of extraordinary brutality is being waged across the Muslim world which is largely ignored by the media. It is a war in which victims are assassinated or massacred with no chance to defend thems...
Dirty Wars: Britain's Collusion with Radical Islam
Curtis, Mark
Book
2008
Historian Mark Curtis, presents the history of the British government's sponsorship of radical Islamic terrorism, from Iran, Afghanistan and Libya to the July 7 bombings.
The Empire God Built: Inside Pat Robertson's media machine
Foege, Alec
Book
1996
A profile of the demagogue who become one of the most successful media moguls in the world.
Free speech for me - you shut up
Diemer, Ulli
Article
2008
The right to express offensive views is at the very heart of the principle of free speech.
From Fatwa to Jihad: The Rushdie Affair and its Legacy
Malik, Kenan
Book
2009
Tells the story both of the Rushdie affair and of its transformative impact on cultural and political landscape of the West. The book explores the issues that the Rushide affair raised. in particular ...
Globalizing the Culture Wars: Uganda's Anti-Homosexuality Bill
Rosen, David
Article
2010
Uganda, like many countries in Africa and around the world, adheres to long-standing heterosexual and patriarchal traditions as to what is acceptable sexual behavior. In the West, such traditions are ...
God and His Demons
Parenti, Michael
Book
2010
Parenti examines the dark side of religion, the many evils committed in the name of godly virtue throughout history. This is not a blanket condemnation of all believers. The focus is on the threat pos...
God's plan for climate change
Sottile, J P
Article
2014
How, and why, does the US Right and its evangelical 'Christian' wing campaign for mal-education, ignorance, corporate dominance, and the profligate consumption of fossil fuels?
The Great Fear of Israel's Leaders
Spritzler, John
Article
2009
The great fear of Israel's Zionist leaders is that ordinary people in all of historic Palestine, no matter what their religion, will define the struggle against Zionism not as Jew versus non-Jew but a...
How Canada's Christian right was built
McDonald, Marci
Article
2010
The religous right is organizing hard, and effectively, to get their hands on the levers of power.
How to Become a Real Muslim
Malik, Kenan
Article
2010
When I was growing up in the 1980s the concept of a radical in a Muslim context meant someone who was a militant secularist, someone who challenged not just racism but the power of the mosques too. So...
Imperialism, the Cold War and the Creation of Pakistan
Article
2012
The true intent of the partition was to detach Pakistan from India, create a militarily strategic foothold aimed at the Soviet Union and maintain control over the oil fields of the Middle East.
Infidel
Hirsi Ali, Ayaan
Book
2007
Ayaan Hirsi Ali is a Somali woman who escaped a forced marriage and moved to the Netherlands, where she became a spokeswoman for Muslim women's rights. She tells the story of how her experiences led h...
Iran in Christian Zionist crosshairs
Berkowitz, Bill
Article
2009
Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's visit to the United Nations has stirred up two leading Christian Zionists, Mike Evans and Joel Rosenberg, to once again open fire on Iran.
Islam, Children's Rights, and the Hijab-gate of Rah-e-Kargar: In Defence of the Prohibition of the Islamic Veil for Children
Hekmat, Mansoor
Article
1997
It has been proved time and time again that pushing back religiosity and religious reaction is not possible except through unequivocal defence of human values against religion. It has been proved time...
Islamic Fundamentalism in Britain
Tatchell, Peter
Article
1995
Muslim fundamentalists are a growing threat to gay human rights in Britain.
Israel & Palestine The occupation is killing us all: New Internationalist August 2002 - #348
Serial Publication (Periodical)
2002
An in-depth look into the conflict between Israel and Palestine. Discusses modern myths that have further fuelled the conflict, possible paths to peace, and the role of the United States in the issue.
Israeli Ads Warn Against Marrying Non-Jews: "Lost" American Youth Urged to Come to Israel
Cook, Jonathan
Article
2009
The Israeli government has launched a television and internet advertising campaign urging Israelis to inform on Jewish friends and relatives abroad who may be in danger of marrying non-Jews.
Israeli Rabbis Ban Marriage For Jewish 'Untouchables'
Cook, Jonathan
Article
2009
New immigrants to Israel from Russia with inadequate documentation have found themselves on a collision course with Israel's Orthodox rabbis, who regard themselves as guarding the Jewish people's ethn...
Just say no to Sharia law
Tatchell, Peter
Article
2009
Let us support the courageous Muslims who, often at great personal risk, are campaigning against religious extremism.
Knicker protest targets Hindu militants
Ramesh, Randeep
Article
2009
The socially conservative Hindu Sri Ram Sena (Lord Ram's Army) a group of vigilantes has attacked women in pubs and unwed couples, in an effort to protect what they call "Indian Culture". Indian women...
The Left and the Jihad
Halliday, Fred
Article
2006
The left was once the principal enemy of radical Islamism. So how did old enemies become new friends?
A Left Voice in Pakistan: Against The Current vol. 131
Tariq, Farooq
Article
2007
Following the October 18 attack on the massive procession into Karachi welcoming Benazir Bhutto back from an eight-year exile, Farooq Tariq, General Secretary of the Labour Party Pakistan, expressed h...
Mali, Wahabis, and Saudis: Following the Money
Mountain, Thomas
Article
2013
The impact of the Wahabi movement in Mali.
Multiculturalism fans the flames of islamic extremism
Malik, Kenan
Article
2005
Multiculturalism as lived experience enriches our lives. But multiculturalism as a political ideology has helped create a tribal Britain with no political or moral centre.
The Myth of Muslim Conquest: Less Threatening Than Imagined
Haenni, Patrick; Amghar, Sami
Article
2010
It's easy to mistake the high visibility of Islam in the West for a massive return to piety in Muslim communities. But for the last 20 years religious observance has stagnated, even slightly waned.
The New Dark Ages
Tatchell, Peter
Article
1996
For hundreds of millions of people in parts of the Middle-East, Africa and South-East Asia, the ascendancy of Islamic fundamentalism has ushered in an era of religious obscurantism and intolerance. Th...
The No-Nonsense Guide to Terrorism
Barker, Jonathan
Book
2003
An in-depth look at the nature of terrorism that discusses questioning terrorism, assessing it, the difference between state terrorism and group terrorism, morality and history, and war and politics.
Not by Politics Alone: The Enduring Influence of the Christian Right
Diamond, Sara
Book
2000
An informative study on the Christian Right, this book addresses how politics and culture converge. Diamond provides an analysis of how "family values" are infused with evangelical beliefs on a number...
On Buddhist Fundamentalism: Hollywood, Please Take Note
Ali, Tariq
Article
2013
Four years after the brutal assault on the Tamil population and the killing of between 8—10,000 Tamils by the Sri Lankan army, there is trouble again. The saffron-robed fanatics, led by the BBS — Bodu...
On the Second Coming of Religion
Malik, Kenan
Article
2012
The question we should ask is not just: ‘What is it about religion that makes people believe or behave in certain ways?’ It is also: ‘What is it about contemporary societies that draws many people, bo...
The Prosperous Few and the Restless Many
Chomsky, Noam
Book
1993
a collection of short commentaries by Noam Chomsky on global issues, drawn from interviews in the early 1990s. Topics include global economics, racism, NAFTA, and hot topics of the day.
Radical Islam, Nihilist Rage
Malik, Kenan
Article
2015
Muslims are not the only religious group involved in perpetrating horrors. From Christian militias in the Central African Republic reportedly eating their foes to Buddhist monks organizing anti-Muslim...
The Rage of the "Righteous": On Muslim Outrage at a Danish Cartoon
Schieder, Elsa
Article
2006
Over and over, in the wake of 9/11, Muslims (and many non-Muslims) have proclaimed that all Muslims must not be judged on the basis of the few that are terrorists. Yes, it was Muslims that flew the ai...
The Road to Civil War: Against The Current vol. 113
Avnery, Uri
Article
2004
Everybody in Israel is talking about the Next War. The most popular TV channel is running a whole series about it.
Rushdie rails against Islamic 'totalitarianism'
Article
2006
We, writers, journalists, intellectuals, call for resistance to religious totalitarianism and for the promotion of freedom, equal opportunity and secular values for all.
The St. Petersburg Declaration
Article
2007
We are secular Muslims, and secular persons of Muslim societies. We are believers, doubters, and unbelievers, brought together by a great struggle, not between the West and Islam, but between the free...
Secrets, Lies and Democracy
Chomsky, Noam
Book
1994
Noam Chomsky interviewed by David Barsamian. ...
Sex segregation in UK universities – a step forward for the Muslim religious right
Helie Lucas, Marieme
Article
2013
The authorities of universities in the UK have made public their policy of bending to religious fundamentalists by condoning sex segregation on university premises. The education system is especially ...
Skeptical Inquirer: The Magazine for Science and Reason - Periodical profile
Serial Publication (Periodical)
Encourages the critical investigation of paranormal and fringe-science claims from a responsible, scientific point of view and disseminates factual information about the results of such inquiries to t...
Slumming It At the Rodeo: The Cultural Roots of Canada's Right-Wing Revolution
Laird, Gordon
Book
1998
Are the Federal Reform Party's Manning, Ontario's Harris and Alberta's Klein the struttin' cowboy champions of direct democracy? Or just sell- outs to the private sector? Laird tackles these question...
Stephen Harper's Covert Evangelicalism
Nikiforuk, Andrew
Article
2015
How an apocalyptic strain of Christianity guides Stephen Harper's policies and campaigning.
Taking on the Religious Right: A review of God and His Demons
Elich, Gregory
Article
2010
Michael Parenti confronts the dangers of religious fundamentalism.
Touching a Nerve: No apology for fighting homophobia
Tatchell, Peter
Article
1993
Defending OutRage!'s decision to campaign against the homophobia of Lord Jakobovits.
Understanding Harper's Evangelical Mission
Nikiforuk, Andrew
Article
2012
Signs mount that Canada's government is beholden to a religious agenda averse to science and rational debate.
What's the Matter with Kansas?: How Conservatives Won the Heart of America
Frank, Thomas
Book
2004
Explores the rise of conservative populism in the United States through the lens of Frank's native state of Kansas. According to his analysis, the political discourse of recent decades has dramaticall...
You Are What You Think: Markos Moulitsas' "American Taliban"
Larson, Charles R.
Article
2010
America's main international enemy "Islamic radicalism" favors theocracy, curtails civil liberties, embraces torture, represses women, reviles homosexuality, subverts science and education, and revere...
Your Fatwa Does Not Apply Here: Untold Stories from the Fight Against Muslim Fundamentalism
Bennoune, Karima
Book
2013
Karima Bennoune interviews 300 people from 30 countries to report on a largely invisible group of people: Muslim opponents of fundamentalism. They remain largely invisible, lost amid the heated cover...
Your Fatwa Does Not Apply Here: Untold Stories from the Fight against Muslim Fundamentalism, by Karima Bennoune (Book Review)
Droeber, Julia
Article
2013
Karima Bennoune, a US-based law scholar raised in Algeria, has written an account of the stories of numerous people whose lives have been scarred by Islamic fundamentalism and who decided, using a var...
Youth Subdued: 8 Ways Young Americans Have Been Dominated
Levine, Bruce E.
Article
2011
Traditionally, young people have energized democratic movements. But now young Americans—even more so than older Americans—appear to have acquiesced to the idea that the corporatocracy can completely ...

Connexions Directory of Groups & Websites

AK Press
AK Press is a worker-run collective that publishes and distributes radical books, visual and audio media, and other mind-altering material. We're small: a dozen people who work long hours for short mo...
Apostates of Islam
An organization of former Muslims.
Chomsky.info
The Noam Chomsky Web site.
Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain
We, non-believers, atheists, and ex-Muslims, are establishing or joining the Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain to insist that no one be pigeonholed as Muslims with culturally relative rights nor deemed...
Global Campaign to Stop Killing and Stoning Women
An international solidarity network that provides information, support and a collective space for women whose lives are shaped, conditioned or governed by laws and customs said to derive from Islam.
News and Letters
An organization of Marxist-Humanists standing for the abolition of capitalism, both in its private property form and ins its state property form. We stand for the deveopment of new human relations; wh...
Revolutionary Association of the Women of Afghanistan
RAWA, the Revolutionary Association of the Women of Afghanistan, was established in Kabul, Afghanistan, in 1977 as an independent political/social organization of Afghan women fighting for human right...
Secular Web
The Secular Web is owned and operated by the Internet Infidels, Inc., a nonprofit educational organization dedicated to defending and promoting a naturalistic worldview on the Internet. In the words o...
Third Camp
Against U.S. militarism and Islamic terrorism. We must stand up with all our power to the US government's and its allies' bullying. We must put an end to the crimes of the opposite pole, i.e. Islamic...
Women Against Fundamentalism
Women Against Fundamentalism (WAF) was formed in 1989 to challenge the rise of fundamentalism in all religions. Its members include women from a wide range of backgrounds and from across the world. B...
Women Living Under Muslim Law
WLUML is an international solidarity network that provides information and support for those women whose lives have been shaped by the customs and/or laws of Islam. It extends to more 70 countries and...

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Women Living Under Muslim Law
WLUML is an international solidarity network that provides information and support for those women whose lives have been shaped by the customs and/or laws of Islam. It extends to more than 70 countries and links all women who see ...

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After the Arab spring, the struggle continues on a university campus
A dispute between a secular academic and conservative Islamists threatens the peace at a Tunisian university
Brulliard, Karin
2012
A university administrator takes a stand against religious extremism.
An apology for the Danish cartoon crisis
Hvidberg, Lars
2014
One of the leading forces in the 2005–06 prophet Muhammad cartoon controversy, Danish Muslim activist Ahmed Akkari, now regrets his role as agitator and reveals a larger, more deliberate, and more vic...
Human Rights Council resolution on blasphemy
Sources News Release
2010
Reporters Without Borders is extremely concerned by a resolution condemning #defamation of religions# which the United Nations Human Rights Council adopted on 25 March.
The return of religion - and other myths
Talk at a conference on 'Post-secularism', Utrecht, Netherlands, 11 January 2009
Malik, Kenan
2009
Politics has became less about competing visions of the kinds of society people than a debate about how best to manage the existing political system. As the meaning of politics has become squeezed, so...
Using the divine for corporate power
Review of The Empire God Built
Cowan, Kirsten
1998

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Counterpunch
Periodical profile
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Progressive U.S. website/newsletter.
Double Standards
Website
Focusing on double standards in the media and in international politics. "Double Standard 1. a rule or principle applied more strictly to some people more than others (or oneself)."
Muslim Canadian Congress
Website
A grassroots organization that provides a voice to Muslims who are not represented by existing organizations; organizations that are either sectarian or ethnocentric, largely authoritarian, and influe...
News and Letters
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Articles from a Marxist-Humanist perspective.